Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (1987–1996)
User ReviewsReview this title
Heroes in a half shell TURTLE POWER!
Their the worlds most fearsome fighting team.
We're really hip.
Their Heroes in the half and their green.
Hey get a grip.
When the evil shredder attacks, these Turtle four don't cut him no slack.
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
Splinter taught them to be Ninja teens.
He's a radical rat
Leonardo leads, Donatello does machines.
And that's a fact jack!
Raphael is cool but crude
Gimme a break.
Michaelangelo is a party dude.
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
Heroes in a half shell TURTLE POWER!
One of the best show I ever watched.
Growing up as a kid in the UK I had to put up with the show being renamed "Teenage Mutant Hero Turtles" aswell as the theme song being changed to say "Hero" Instead of "Ninja" the start of "P.C." in the UK.
What's wrong with the word Ninja I ask you?
Ninja's are cool and the turtles proved this.
Of course Cam Clarke (Leonardo) now does the voice of Prince Adam / He Man in the new He Man series, and who could forget Will Smith's Uncle Phil from Fresh Prince, James Avery as The Shredder.
A Classic cartoon which should be brought out on DVD.
Great writing, great characters, voice talent, stories, humour. This is only reiterated by its long running air time in syndication, and its slot on CBS Saturday morning.
I remember the syndicated episodes and the CBS episodes being slightly different.
Now for my real beef: Don't be fooled by the remakes and redoings, live-action, animated or otherwise of TMNT that you see now a days. They're all INFERIOR products compared to the original 80s cartoon. If you want to see the quality that was TMNT...you must see the 1987 syndicated and CBS series.
Leonardo was the leader of TMNT. Donatello was the expert at machines and mechanical stuff. Raphael was the tuff one and the practical joker and Michaelangelo was the one who is the life of the party. Splinter thought them to become ninja superhero teens and also the turtles would get help from news reporter, April O'Neill. I thought James Avery did a good job at voicing the Shredder and so did Jim Cummings for the final seasons for this show. I also thought Barry Gordon did a good job at Donatello because I also liked Barry Gordon doing Razor from Swat Kats: Radical Squadron and the other voice actors were good too! I hope sooner or later they start making dvds of the complete episodes of every season this show had. I also enjoy the new series on Fox Box
BOTTOM LINE: GOOD SHOW!
User Rating: 9/10
They're mostly right, but the first season of the cartoon (a 5-part miniseries, originally shown in the space of one week on syndicated TV in 1987) knocks the block off the comics and off all other action cartoons ever written. It retains the dark, edgy feel of the comics, but contains enough humor to avoid seeming stern or self-absorbed.
The miniseries details the origins of the TMNT and their master, Splinter the rat--it seems Splinter was originally Hamato Yoshi, an instructor in the Foot Clan of ninjitsu in Japan, until he was double-crossed by one Oroku Saki and banished. Yoshi then fled to New York City and lived in the sewers with the rats and four pet turtles. One day, Yoshi found the turtles covered with a powerful mutagen which turned the turtles into humanoid turtles and Yoshi into a humanoid rat. Knowing that they would be considered freaks by society, Yoshi trained them in ninjitsu. Yoshi named the turtles after his favorite Renaissance painters: Leonardo, Raphael, Michaelangelo and Donatello.
While skulking through the sewers, the turtles rescue April O'Neil, a TV news reporter who has run afoul of an army of street thugs while investigating a series of break-ins committed by ninjas at high-tech scientific equipment companies. Upon meeting her saviors, April promptly faints, and the turtles take her back to their lair. When April comes to, Splinter tells her their origins. April, however, is unimpressed and thinks the turtles are responsible for all the break-ins she's been covering. The turtles persuade April to hold off on any impulse reporting and let them find the crooks for her.
The turtles and April investigate these robberies and discover that they were perpetrated by an army of robots wearing the colors of the Foot Clan, leading Splinter to conclude that Oroku Saki is the leader of the whole operation. Splinter gets captured by Saki's robots and taken away. The turtles hunt down Saki in his base--a mobile underground fortress called the Technodrome--and discover that Saki, who now calls himself the Shredder, is indeed responsible for the crimes the turtles have been investigating. Not only that, it was Saki who dropped the mutagen in the sewers, thinking it would destroy Yoshi. Shredder makes a bid for the turtles to join him, but they refuse, and then proceed to kick the butts of his henchmen.
In later episodes, it is revealed that Shredder is in league with an alien warlord named Krang from dimension X, and that Krang wants to bring his troops from dimension X to conquer Earth. The turtles manage to foil Shredder and Krang's ambitions by causing the Technodrome to suck itself into dimension X. April is able to document the turtles' battles with Shredder and Krang and convince some of the skeptics of the turtles' heroism.
So, there you have it. This is the cartoon origin of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, and it's about 100 times better than the comics origin (and the movie origin, which was loosely based upon the comics).
The miniseries is available on laserdisc (extremely rare!) and on a collection of 3 VHS tapes titled "Heroes in a Half Shell," "Hot Rodding Teenages" and "The Shredder is Splintered." A somewhat condensed and edited version is available on the VHS tape "The Epic Begins," but it's worth the extra cash to buy the 3 VHS tapes and get the full, uncut miniseries.
The show began in 1987 as a mini-series that played on syndication (mainly new FOX stations). The turtles before this were a little known cult comic book series that was VERY different from what ended up in the cartoon. In the comic, they were violent, wise cracking turtles who cussed, smoked, drank and weren't afraid to cut off heads or other body parts. It was a dark strip, similar to Batman pre and post campy era and Sin City. To make the cartoon more in line with the new toy line and appealing to children, many things were changed and liberties taken. The turtles were given colored masks to tell them apart (in the comic book they all wore red masks). Also, while still wise cracking, their personalities were toned down significantly, in particular Raphael and Michelangelo. Raphael was still "rude" but in a much nicer way and Michelangelo started talking in surfer lingo, popularized by many films in the mid 80s like Fast Times at Ridgemont High. Also, the turtles weren't nearly as violent, rarely using their weapons and instead of fighting humans like the comics, they fought robot foot soldiers and mutants from Dimension X. Pizza, Bebop, Rocksteady, Krang and the Technodrome were all additions to the cartoon series.
The cartoon did a wonderful job appealing to children and changing the attitude from the comic strip. It was funny and fun and kept viewers interested. The first season in particular did a wonderful job of keeping the action and comedy at a great balance. The turtles fought with their weapons, the animation was high quality, and the entire five episode series had an edge to it. That completely changed in the second season were the series started going downhill fast. Kevin Eastman and Peter Laird, the creators of the series, were disappointed in this change. They wanted to keep the dark, edgy elements. Instead, the jokes got corny, the fighting scenes silly, the animation poor and the writing atrocious. This continued until the last two seasons, were the show tried going back in a dark direction, but it was too late by that point, as most of the fans had grown up and moved past this series.
Overall, as a kid I couldn't get enough of this show, but as an adult now I see how bad some of the episodes were and how far it strayed from its source of material. If you haven't read the highly underrated comic book series, I recommend it. It's like night and day to what they became by the early 90s. I'd honestly love an adult swim series that goes off the comic book that appeals to young adults and more mature audiences. While the new cartoon is doing great on Nick, us adults who grew up on these guys would more than welcome them back as a show that has more adult themes.
Despite this I dislike the middle set of seasons due to the overly comedic and less than creative story. If you want to good set of episodes get seasons 1,2,3,8,9. They may not be connected but they are the best story wise.
I can remember getting home from Rainbow Accademy (where I went to school when I was 2-4 years of age), and had lunch, then 3 hours later, it was time to watch this.
I can remember Michaelangelo's number one catch phrase: "Cowabunga, Dudes"
I can remember the day for my 3rd birthday in 1991 and I saw Raphael at a Hallmark or a party-type shop and he knocked me over.
I can remember going to the shore with my uncle and aunt and two cousins, including my mother and dad and sister, on the boardwalk and seeing billions of children in Turtle clothing on.
I can remember more, but I can't tell ya.
I can remember this thing most:
Sadly it was cancelled in July 1997, after 9 seasons of being brodcasted on television, due to whatever reason, but I think it was that the show only had 8 episodes in its last three seasons. Will always be affiliated with the 80's, and will live on in VHS tapes and re-runs for a long time.
The new TMNT2003 show doesn't do it justice, Also its neat to see the toys go for thousands on eBay. It got me wishing that as a kid I hadn't melted my Shredder and April in the microwave.
For anyone who wants a trip down memory lane you should get the first season of this show and the old SNES or Arcade game to play.
Sometime ago I found all three of the movies bundled for $7 at Sam's club which I recently found time to watch (excellent flicks for those interested).
Be sure to watch the first episode the turtles or you may never really understand how bad the back-story is leading up to the series.
The 2003 series was good, but obviously nothing compares. I think the new theme tune by NOFX was pretty good as well, but, again, nothing compares to the cheesy original.
The movie was pretty poor. The animation wasn't good enough. They should have stuck with cartoon if they weren't gonna spend enough on the computer animation. And the theme for it ... pfft.
=D I <3 Turtles!
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Heroes in a half-shell, TURTLE POWER!
This is the ninja turtles people in the late 8o's and early 90's grew up with. This is such a great cartoon because it's not just for kids. There are many quirks and gags that only adults will understand and the humor doesn't get too cheesy or corny for grown-ups nor too suggestive for young kids.
The story lines are excellent. Of course, our favorite fun-loving, pizza eating turtle quartet are the protagonists of the show. Leonardo leads the pack and is the most serious and devoted to his friends of the group. Donatello is the brains of bunch, he invents many of the gadgets and vehicles the turtles use throuought the series, the most notable of which being the famous Turtle Blimp. Michealangelo is the party animal who never takes anything seriously, and Raphael is the quick-witted and sharp tounged sarcistic turtle. Their wise master Splinter the half-human, half-rat and fearless reporter April O'Niel often accompany the turtles on their (mis)adventures.
For me, the villains are the most memorable characters of the show and can be just as lovable as the heroes. The Shredder is the powerful main villain who constantly hatches schemes for global domination. In contrat to the Shredder from the new series, this Shredder is often bumbling and humorous and has so much fun trying to take over the world that I always want to come back and watch him try again.
His knuckle headed mutants Rocksteady the rhino and Beebop the warthog are probably the two most lovable villains I've ever seen in a movie because they are so stupid and silly and have so much trying to help Shredder in his quest for global domination, even though they don't realize that they are worthless.
There is too much good in this show to talk about in just one comment. You can find DVD collections of 13-15 easily at a K-Mart or Best Buy for about $10.00 and every cent is worth it.
This animated TV show brings me very good memories from childhood. Ah, the good old days...
The opening song is spectacular, absolutely unforgettable - as well as its instrumental version which plays during the final credits of each episode.
'Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles' had most ingredients necessary to capture the attention of most kids of my generation, for it was thrilling, entertaining, packed with action, adventure, darkness, classic humor and... pizza! The turtles are the heroes, they are the ones with the power to save the world from the evil Shredder's schemes and the bizarre Krang. Shredder has two helpers, Bebop and Rocksteady (hilarious names!). But they aren't really evil. They're more stupid and incompetent than evil, so they aren't a major threat for the turtles and the world.
A curious thing is that Shredder has always half of his face covered with an iron mask. I only saw him once without it and my opinion was that he was very Japanese-looking.
Although the turtles (Michelangelo, Raphael, Donatello and Leonardo) are very efficient and intelligent, sometimes they see themselves in sticky situations with the villain Shredder. But they always can count with the help of Master Splinter and reporter April O'Neil.
LEONARDO- The leader, the one in charge DONATELLO- The least violent scientist RAPHAEL- The sarcastic"Mouthy" one (MY personal favorite:)) MICHAELANGELO- The "Party dude" the lade back one The teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles seem like a pretty far fetched idea but pretty much formed the era. My sister and I grew up loving the Turtles When I'm old and grey and sitting in my rocker with my grandkids around me they'll ask "Grandme what did you watch when you were young?" and I'll smile and say "The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles of course!"If anyone ever has the chance to see the show they should because it CLEARLY can stand the test of time!
It's also season 1 of the long ran TV series. Due to the fact that it has the fewest episodes in any season.
I bet there are hardly any series that start with a season with 5 episodes.
But anyways these were made to introduce the TMNT to the kids who are watching it on TV.
I didn't see these episodes till around 2003 because I was too young to remember any at first.
Anyways these first 5 episodes show you how the Turtles first met April and how they encountered Shredder and his Foot Clan. In my opion episode 4 is the best one next to episode 1 and 2.